Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2022) Featured Review of My Body in Pieces by Marie Noëlle Hébert

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My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noëlle Hébert
Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
ISBN: 9781773064840

My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noëlle Hébert is a book that allows many to feel heard. Teenagers today are challenged with taboo issues that our society has finally come to address. This memoir allows one to feel connected by means of learning the importance of self-confidence. Through graphite images, the author shares her journey with low self-esteem along with her desire to have a “perfect” body.  

This book is ideal for a library’s graphic novel collection for young adults because any young adult can relate to the many messages that the author shares that center around loving yourself. While the story is intense and indirectly discusses suicide, this book can be read and discussed in the home, during support groups, or in therapy sessions as well. It is a great book to open up a conversation with teens about self-esteem and body image through the challenges of the author. Teens will be able to relate via the black-and-white drawings, and they will also be able to use this as a time to reflect about their own personal self-esteem challenges. 

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2021) Nominees Round Up, October 8 Edition

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All Together Now by Hope Larson 
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan 
Publication Date: August 4, 2020
ISBN: 9780374313654

Bina and her friend Darcy are living it up, writing new songs, and shredding the guitar in their new band together. But when the two enlist fellow classmate Enzo to be their drummer and Darcy and Enzo’s relationship shifts into something new and unexpected, Bina’s left feeling betrayed and excluded. On top of that, Bina’s best friend Austin has been acting very weird ever since he broke up with his girlfriend, and Bina can’t help but wonder if it has something to do with her. 

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, July 18 Edition

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vol. 1: High School is Hell created by Joss Whedon; written by Jordie Bellaire; illustrated by Dan Mora; colored by Raul Angulo
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: May 2019
ISBN: 9781684153572

High School Is Hell collects the first four volumes of a rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Boom! Studios. The reboot uses the actor likenesses and Joss Whedon characters, but imagines them in high school in 2019, rather than 1997. Willow is out, Xander is on tumblr, and Cordelia is… nice. The writer has room to play with plot and timelines and the various ways our culture has changed in the last twenty years, but underneath it’s the same Scooby Gang, nursing crushes and slaying demons.

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